Get in the spirit by watching it nude
by Liam Mckeone
Dating Naked is better than The Bachelor. There, I said it. Before everyone swooning over The Bachelor’s newest and latest hot single Ben Higgins comes charging to his defense, let me tell you why you should care way more about Dating Naked’s most recent pair of lost lovers looking for a partner, David and Natalie.
The concept of simply dating naked is revolutionary, an idea containing many more layers than simply one guy trying to find the right girl. With two main contestants, a male and a female, everyone is interested. We get to examine both dynamics of the relationships side-by-side and have a greater appreciation for the differences between a male contestant and a female contestant. This also means that participants of both genders get to try their hand at winning over each of the two main contestants. With a larger variation in people comes a larger variation in strategy, making for extremely entertaining reality television. Going on dates naked moves outside the bounds of cliché dating, putting both the viewers and contestants in the uncomfortable situation of dealing with everyone naked. When naked, people feel exposed. That feeling is clear in the faces of the participants in Dating Naked, making for a much more interesting viewing experience. Instead of trying to psychoanalyze the twitch on Ben’s face as he hands his latest interest a rose during their date, we get to enjoy the discomfort of the contestants as they try to have a normal conversation in the nude.
The dates that the contestants go on in Dating Naked are far more interesting than The Bachelor. While gimmicky, the various activities that they participate in, whether it’s a physical activity like basketball or a dinner on a boat thirty feet offshore, make for awkward and embarrassing interactions, which are more believable than other reality TV shows. Nobody wants to act awkward and uncomfortable on national TV, yet here David is, struggling to connect with his potential partner as he flails about on the soccer pitch trying to score a goal. These situations are certainly more comedic than The Bachelor dates, which are set in a much more stereotypical dating environment, like a candlelit dinner in the moonlight. While the bachelors get to go to some cool places, like Wrigley Field and Mexico City, the concept of the Dating Naked contestants consistently staying in the same place makes for better television. When the contestants become more comfortable in their environment, that’s when their true selves tend to come out. It’s seen all the time in real life: someone seems nice until they get more comfortable in their surroundings, and suddenly they become the Wicked Witch of the West.
By far the greatest part of Dating Naked and the aspect that separates it from any other dating reality show, not just The Bachelor, are the nights after the dates. They supply all the contestants with copious amounts of alcohol for reasons that I don’t question, and allow all the current participants in the show to drink like fish before they all break out into a huge fight. Keep in mind, there are usually six horny and drunk singles in their mid-twenties, consuming all the free alcohol they want and living under the same roof for a whole week between episodes. So, you can imagine, things get pretty personal. They don’t have to be naked during their time at the main house, so that particular factor of the social interactions is absent, but it still makes for quality entertainment. It can lead to all sorts of confrontations: women walking in on the male contestant kissing another girl and flipping out about it; guys getting all moody and angsty when they see the female contestant flirting with someone else; and even people taking their clothes off specifically to spite everyone else. It’s worse than if you got all the housewives from the Real Housewives shows and put them all in a room with bottomless wine to gossip and scream at each other.
So there you have it. While these shows air in completely different times throughout the year, there will be a point when you must ask yourself whether to watch The Bachelor or Dating Naked. It sounds dubious that this might be an actual dilemma to have, but trust me. I thought the same thing until it happened to me. You’ll know the answer when the time comes. Watching naked people awkwardly interact is always more entertaining than watching the next really dreamy guy choose between literally fourteen different beautiful women. Why would you want to watch two people sipping wine in a Jacuzzi when you can watch two NAKED people roller-skate down a hill and then drunkenly fight about it afterwards? Make the right decision. Choose Dating Naked.